Mark Young supports Pew’s work to end illegal fishing and other global marine conservation campaigns. With extensive experience in marine resource management and fisheries monitoring, control, and surveillance, he has served as team leader in collaborations with Satellite Applications Catapult on the Project Eyes on the Seas initiative.
Most recently, Young was director of fisheries operations for the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency, where he focused on enhancing international fisheries compliance and enforcement. Earlier he spent 23 years in the U.S. Coast Guard, where he reached the rank of commander and chief of enforcement in the western and central Pacific Ocean. While in the Coast Guard, Young spent over 10 years deployed at sea on six cutters conducting a wide range of maritime law enforcement missions. He then served in a variety of roles in the service with a focus on surveillance in the Pacific Ocean. Young helped develop the first fisheries-focused “shiprider” agreements between the U.S. and six Pacific island countries. Young holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Hawaii Pacific University and a master’s degree in marine affairs from the University of Washington.